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welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. weather officials are warning of heavy rain across japan as a severe tropical storm approaches its main southern island. china urges respect. the u.s. wants responsible action. leaders from the two countries are discussing their relationship in beijing. and indonesians are
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choosing their new president in a tight race between two candidates with two different leadership styles. weather officials warn of heavy rains across japan. typhoon neoguri has been downgraded to a severe tropical storm but it's still causing serious concern. it roared through the okinawan island chain, triggering fierce winds and downpours. the storm caused mudslides and floods in okinawaokinawa. two houses destroyed. at least 32 people were injured. about 160,000 residents are being advised to take shelter. more than 20,000 households are without electricity. weather officials say the storm may land on the main southern island wednesday morning. they say it will interact with the rainy season front and bring higher amounts of precipitation to areas in the north. nagano prefecture recorded 70 millimeters of rainfall in an hour. a landslide there engulfed four people. one boy was found without vital signs.
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our meteorologist jonathan oh is here to explain neoguri's next steps in japan. jonathan? >> hello, gene. yes, this system is a bit weaker. however, it packs a lot of moisture with it. one of the key elements with the system is as it continues to move toward the north and eventually switching over to the east, it will pick up the moisture from the ocean and that's going to be the big trigger mechanism for the copious amounts of rain falling into kyushu and then spreading eastward into the rest of japan and i want to tell you how much rain came from this system during the past 24 hours in okinawa. anywhere from 370 millimeters of rain to 438 millimeters of rain in naha up to 438 millimeters in nago. very heavy rain amounts and totals are going to be repeated as we go into the western portions of japan during the next couple of days. here are the statistics for the moment. moving to the east at 15 kilometers per hour with wind speeds moving at 108 kilometers
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per hour. as it pushes toward the east, it will start to interact with the rainy season front that is in place. expect the rainfall amounts to continue to climb. into thursday at noon, so 18 hours or so. 300 millimeters of rainfall can fall into kyushu and then further up north into tokyo, 120 to 150 millimeters of rain possible just for midday thursday. on top of that, we can see up to 600 millimeters of rainfall for shikoku. 500 millimeters of rain for southern kyushu going into friday at noontime. we'll have a look at world weather coming up in just a bit. the united states and china have started high-level talks, but it is clear both sides expect quite different results. china has urged the u.s. to respect its so far rehnty and territory while american leaders are demanding china act
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responsibly. the two-day strategic and economic dialogue opened in beijing with secretary of state john kerry and treasury secretary jack lew heading the u.s. delegation. in the opening speech, chinese president xi xinping. >> translator: we should treat each other equally and with mutual respect and respect each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity and respect the path of development each chooses. >> we welcome the emergence of a peaceful, stable, prosperous china that contributes to the stability and the development of the region and that chooses to play a responsible role in world affairs. >> kerry said that a new model of relations is not defined in words but in actions.
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authorities in north korea have again fired projectiles into the sea. south korean military officials say early wednesday morning, two short-range ballistic missiles landed in the sea of japan. there are no reports of damage. the officials say that north koreans conducted the launch near the southwestern province. they say both missiles flew about 500 kilometers toward the northeast. they believe both were scuds. officials in seoul say that north koreans want to demonstrate their capability to fire missiles at any time and from any place. over the last few months, authorities in pyongyang have staged a series of launches. japanese defense ministry onodera says he plans to raise the issue with defense secretary chuck hagel. >> translator: i think it's difficult to understand pyongyang's actions as japan and north korea are trying to resolve the abduction issues and open the door for dialogue. >> chief cabinet secretary
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yoshihide suga. ukraine's leader is taking stock of his recent military success and planning his next move. president petro poroshenko made a surprise visit to slavyansk. government forces recently recaptured the town from pro-russian militants. poroshenko spoke to soldiers who took part in the battle. he said ukraine's independence is at stake and he added he is ready to hold talks with whoever is willing to lay down arms. poroshenko also met residents of the town and promised to restore damaged infrastructure. government troops have taken back at least six towns that pro-russian militants used as strongholds. the militants are concentrating their forces in the central cities of donetsk and luhansk. the defense council announced on tuesday the military is preparing to encircle those cities. israel is stepping up its
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offensive against the islamic fundamentalist group hamas. israel's military launched a massive air raid on the gaza strip. at least 23 people have died and more than 100 have been wounded. israeli troops bombed about 150 targets in response to recent rocket attacks from gaza. palestinian officials say civilians including women and children were among the casualties. an israeli raid in central gaza struck a car carrying hamas members. the attack killed three people. israeli military officials say palestinian fighters in gaza have launched around 160 rockets since monday night. the israeli military intercepted one rocket over the major city tel aviv. another landed in jerusalem. the officials also say that four hamas members were killed in a gunfight with israeli soldiers after making a seaborne landing in the south of the country. a spokesperson for the u.n. secretary-general says ban
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ki-moon. >> he reiterates to avoid further civilian casualties and overall destabilization. >> in washington, the state department spokesperson expressed support for israel's actions. >> no country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians, and we certainly support israel's right to defend itself against these attacks. >> psaki says john kerry has been in close contact with israel's prime minister as well as other leaders in the region. voters in indonesia have gone to the polls to elect a new president. it's the world's third largest democracy. the new leader will take the helm of southeast asia's most populous country and the largest territory. dhra joins us live.
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dhra. >> reporter: the closely fought contest is between the governor of jakarta and former army general. exit polls suggests different results prompting both camps to declare victory. >> reporter: about 190 million
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people are registered to vote. they have cast their ballots at some 480,000 polling stations across the country. >> translator: we need a man who can guide indonesia to further growth while not forgetting poor people. >> reporter: joko is 53 years old. he was born to a poor carpenter and put himself through university while helping his father. he has been governor of jakarta for two years after serving as mayor. his polls have favored the poor and his man of the people style has made him popular with the public. in contrast, 62, he was an elite military man. he was married to a daughter of former president suharto and supported suharto's regime. he used his military career to launch into politics and sells himself as a strong leader. some exit polls show joko in front by about five points, but
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others suggest his contender still has a narrow lead. the lack of consensus on who has won the contest means indonesians may have to wait some time till they find out who is their new president. nhk's bureau chief joins us. the two candidates are a stark contrast in political views. what's behind joko's popularity with the public? >> as governor of jakarta, he often visited slums to hear firsthand the voices of the poor. he earned a reputation as a reformist. one of the great symbols of his policy style is medical carts which he issued to the poor so they could get free health care. many low-income families are being left behind in the country's booming economy. whoever becomes the president will have to address this poverty as joko has done. >> thank you, francisca.
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we'll come back to you later. now a report by jun motsumoto. >> reporter: every morning hundreds flock to this community health center in jakarta. they come for free treatment. the health care program now covers about 5 million residents who don't earn enough to buy insurance. before, they had to pay cash on the spot. >> translator: in the past, we had to think before seeing a doctor. we were afraid about the high cost. >> reporter: joko widodo introduced the pilot project for the nationwide system in november 2012. soon after he became governor. some residents feel it saved their lives. this woman is among them. she and her husband could not
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afford insurance. they earn about $10 a day selling vegetables and support seven children. for two years, she felt pain in her breast. she went to hospital as soon as she heard about the program. doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer. she had surgery and got other treatments for free. >> translator: without the program, i don't even know if i'd still be alive now. or at least, i might have been crying because of the pain. >> translator: i think it's very helpful, especially for poor people like us. >> reporter: however, the pilot program has become a victim of its own success.
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this center is now overcrowded and short staffed. one doctor sometimes has to see 200 patients a day. >> translator: we do feel exhausted. but we must keep up our spirits to help people. we can make people get better with that spirit. >> reporter: central government officials plan to phase in the single-payer insurance program. they want it in place nationwide by 2019. they haven't agreed on how many people will be qualified for 100% coverage or what the income threshold will be. but they say the system is here to stay. >> translator: this program is a mandate of the constitution so
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whoever leads the government, it will continue. >> reporter: but it's an expensive commitment. analysts with world bank estimated the program will cost up to $60 million annually once fully implemented. working out the details and figuring out how to fund the system will be an unavoidable challenge for indonesia's next president. jun yotsumoto, nhk world, jakarta. >> reporter: and thanks to jun for that report. now, francisca, why has he caught up with joko in the final stage of the campaign? >> joko has no experience in national politics. his opponent stressed his long military career. that strategy seems to have worked. he taps into nostalgia for former presidents who have
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fought. he is called the father of development. he attracts millions of dollars to help develop the country. he was fired from military in the closing days of suharto administration over his alleged involvement in abducting democratic activists in 1997 and 1998. human rights groups say if he is elected, the democratic movement will stall. it's a multilingual country. opinions are divided. >> don't forget, it was only 16 years ago that we had one of the world's longest serving authoritarian leaders. between 1998 after the fall of suharto till 2002, people were talking about the balkanization of indonesia, which means the break-up of indonesia. i think this election will change where this country is going in terms of its democratic transition.
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sorry, in terms of its democratic consolidation definitely. if that is called historic, then so be it. >> reporter: indonesia is also attracting global attention as an attractive investment market. how might the new president make the country more attractive to investors? >> the biggest challenge is to improve infrastructures. chronic traffic congestion and aging port facilities are major hindrances to foreign investment. analysts also say the gap and deep-rooted corruption are hampering stable growth. both candidates have proposed similar policies to improve infrastructures. global business will be looking to the new president to maintain the growth of the largest economy in southeast asia. >> reporter: thank you very much. that was nhk world's jakarta bureau's fransiska renatta.
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one candidate cast himself as a strong leader in the mold. the other promises a new style of leadership more moderate and in touch with ordinary people. official results of the election will be available in two weeks' time. whoever wins will help shape the future of this huge country. and that's all from jakarta and our presidential election coverage. >> dhra, thanks. a japanese shipping firm is to use the arctic ocean as a regular route. it plans to start transporting liquefied natural gas from russia through the ocean in 2018. company executives say they will join an lng project now under way in the yamal peninsula, northern russia.
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it will also set up a joint firm to build three icebreakers. lng will be shipped to europe year round and to asia during the summer. the shipping firm expects to deliver around 3 million tons annually. a waterway through the arctic ocean is drawing high expectations. the arctic right would reduce shipping time between asia and europe by about ten days compared to the suez canal route. car sales in india remain upbeat this their total in june marked the first double-digit rise in nearly two years. officials at the society of indian automobile manufacturers say nearly 219,000 passenger cars were sold last month. that's up more than 11% from a year ago and shows an increase for a second straight month. auto demand posted a sharp rebound following eight months of declines amid an uncertain economic outlook in inflation. the society officials say consumer sentiment is picking up as people are optimistic of the policies of the prime minister's
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government that came to power in may. switzerland is seen as one of the world's most stable economies, but even so, the swiss are not immune to the uncertainties facing europe. nhk world's reporter met with the swiss minister of economy. and during his visit to japan, she asked him about the challenges facing his country and the european region. >> reporter: the swiss economy is expected to report growth this year with a very low jobless rate. even though, schneider-ammann is cautious. he wants other european countries to do more to regain their strength and avoid any negative spillovers to the rest of the world. what do you think are the risks for the region? >> the european central bank is offering the necessary liquidity, offers through the liquidity as a time to attack
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the structural problems which the european countries and european union faces. i guess that the europeans manage to solve their structural problems earlier than late so to reduce any risk. >> schneider-ammann achieved fame as an entrepreneur before joining the swiss cabinet. he said european nations need fresh investments and governments should do more to attract new funds. >> i'm thinking with my entrepreneurial soul which is, let's speak about how do you motivate entrepreneurs to invest? as long as the labor markets in key european countries are so tight that is in my understanding no chance to
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significantly find out of the unemployment problems. europe needs to foremost liberalize the labor laws. >> the minister says the biggest risk to the european economy is deflation. he says, european leaders are looking at japan's experience for hints toward a solution. >> principally we do not fear an inflation coming up during the next one to three years and that has something to do with the policy of the european central bank which follows some sort of abenomics which means quantitative and qualitative
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easing. >> what are your thoughts on the development of the asian market? >> we depend for about three quarter of our exports from the european union. and we depend for two-thirds of our imports from the european union. that's why we are here. we want to increase our trade volume with japan. we are very much interested in creating best relationships with the far east countries like china, like korea. naturally, once again, with japan. then because we know that the european neighborhood is not in the best conditions, we try hard to expand our activities to the whole globe. >> switzerland and japan
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celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. in looking more toward japan and the east, schneider-ammann says there's still plenty to learn from each other. kyoto fujita, nhk world, tokyo. our meteorologist jonathan oh is back with the rest of the world weather. jonathan? >> hello, gene. let's begin with a look at asia. yes, certainly we are keeping an eye out for neoguri as it continues to push toward the east and spreading its influence over western japan, but remember that we are still in the rainy season, and because of that, we're dealing with flooding in other parts of the asian continent because of it. down towards southeastern china we saw around 80 millimeters of rainfall during a 24-hour period so flooding and landslides a big problem and another 120 millimeters of rainfall possible in southern china and we're also seeing rain in northern china, as well. yes, the monsoonal front continues down toward the
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philippines, but also the rainy season is starting to interact with neoguri in japan because a landslide injured four people and hospitalized and not a good situation and the continued rains, especially ones this system spreads over the country, that's when the rain and the landslides will continue. you can see here sometimes we are going to see heavier rain bands, especially for the northern portions of japan into hokkaido. meanwhile, the southern portions of china continue to see rain. have the umbrella with you in chongqing. high of 34 there. and taipei with a highs of 30s and tokyo getting in on the action with the rain on thursday. here's a look at europe. i want to let you know that we have a couple of low-pressure systems bringing plenty of rain and we had some strong storms associated with this on tuesday and look at the forecast for the next three days. central europe is going to remain very, very wet and behind the low-pressure system, much colder temperatures.
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teens for zurich on wednesday and thursday and not only seeing rain for the next few days, we are also going to see much cooler temperatures. be prepared for a big change coming up during the rest of the week. let's take a look at the americas. and we do have a low-pressure system up into canada with a cold front draped down toward the south and to the united states. because of this, we had reports of tornadoes and hail into the ohio river valley and into pennsylvania. and there's a possibility that as this front continues to push toward the east, that we'll see some strong thunderstorms along the eastern seaboard and also into the central plains where the tail end of the system is located. oklahoma city expecting a chance of thunderstorms. highs will be in the low 30s. and all along the eastern seaboard we are looking at some active weather. finally, let's take a look at the world cup forecast in brazil. we do have a disturbance in southern portions of brazil and because of that we'll see not only rain but much colder
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temperatures. the game between the netherlands and argentina, a high of only 17 degrees on wednesday. hope you have a good day wherever you are. here's your extended outlook.
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and that's "newsline" for this hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
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